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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Apr 29, 2011
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      28 April 2011, 14:44
      Patriarch Kirill to visit Japan

      Moscow, April 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All
      Russia is planning to visit Japan in 2012, in particular, to check
      progress in the Orthodox churches' reconstruction process.

      "I am planning to visit Japan next year, in particular, the Sendai
      diocese destroyed by the disaster, to express solidarity with
      Japanese brothers and sisters, to pray with them and think of what
      could be done to facilitate swift recovery from the disaster," the
      Patriarch said at an Easter reception organized by the Russian
      Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

      The next year will see the 100th anniversary since the day of St.
      Nicholas of Japan, "the Russian priest who brought the Orthodox
      religion to Japan and then led the Japanese Church," he recalled.

      The Japanese people managed to "withstand the disaster at the
      Fukushima plant with courage and in an organized fashion," he said.

      The Japanese quakes affected the Autonomous Japanese Orthodox Church
      (a self-governed Church of the Moscow Patriarchate), particularly the
      diocese of Sendai, he said. None of the clergy was killed, but some
      members of the congregation were, also several churches have been damaged.

      The Russian Church has raised a substantial amount of money to
      rebuild Orthodox Churches, and hopefully, "the reconstruction work
      will begin in the near future," the Patriarch added.
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